First off, how much more weight can you guys handle on decline compared to flat? For some reason, decline seems incredibly easier than flat.
Secondly, I keep hearing that decline (and I guess weighted dips too) actually work the chest better than flat. Is it true?
some people claim it works the chest better, and yes im pretty sure about 95% of people will decline more then they can flat/incline.
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its easier because u can use ur shoulders.. and more of ur upper body weight to push it..
i usually lift about 35 pounds more than i flat bench.. i never tried to max it.. but it is easier..
flat and decline work different parts of ur chest..
but yea i feel it more on decline than flat
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It isolates the top outside corners of your chizest, and gives it mad tone. I also do kickbacks for a swole chest. They give me boners.
But in all seriousness, I can decline a hell of a lot more than I can flat bench. You're just putting your body at a greater mechanical advantage to move the weight.
Yeah it seems like all the body is pushing. pecs, abs, shoulders, triceps ,even legs. Its hardly a "chest" exercise but its not a bad idea to do it once in a while to differentiate your routine by targeting some muscles from unusual angles
I thought it was you could decline press more cuz the ROM was decreased significantly
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I alternate every 2 weeks.... decline for 2, then flat for 2 (in addition to the Hammer machines and other upper body work).
Generally, when I go back to the decline, I can add 10 pounds to what I was running the previous week on flat. When I go back to flat, I can carry 5-10 pounds with me.
Keep in mind that I'm pressing sub-100, so 5-10 pounds is significant.
I hope to break 100 on the next switch to decline.
Perhaps I could run the same gains if I only did flat, but it is so much easier on decline that it's a big psychological pump to add weight and have the first set go effortlessly, then still be able to run 8 reps on the 4th set... then when I go back to flat, it's not a psych matter of "okay, I'm going to push more weight this week", but rather a matter of "okay, I did 95 last week and I'm NOT going back down to 85". I'll end up doing a set of 10, 8, then maybe two 6's, but I'll do it.
bingoOriginally Posted by trich daddy